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Mets Baseball Cards of the Week: 2015 NY Penn League Prospects

David Thompson’s and Vinny Siena’s baseball cards from the 2015 New York-Penn League Top Prospects set

I’m cheating a bit this week to feature two baseball cards of New York Mets prospects. And I’m pretty sure I got my set of 2015 New York-Penn League Top Prospects at a Staten Island Yankees game I went to in September with my friend Greg.

But let’s talk about our two Brooklyn Cyclones players.

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Brooklyn Cyclones' coaching staff takes shape

Autographed Edgardo Alfonzo baseball card from my collection

Brooklyn Baseball Banter reports that Edgardo Alfonzo will return as the Brooklyn Cyclones’ bench coach in 2016, while former Mets prospect Sean Ratliff will be the team’s hitting coach.

Alfonzo, a member of the New York Mets’ playoff teams in 1999 and 2000, will be coaching in Brooklyn for a third straight year.

Ratliff, a 4th round draft pick in 2008, was forced to give up his playing career as the result of injuries sustained when he was struck in the face by a foul ball in a 2011 spring training game. He served as the hitting coach for the Rookie-level Kingspoort Mets in 2015.

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Mets minor league notes


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Featured autograph: Yunir Garcia

Signed Yunir Garcia 2006 Binghamton Mets baseball card from my collection

You probably don’t remember Yunir Garcia unless you closely follow the Mets minor league system (or one of their minor league affiliates.)

Garcia is a Venezuelan who signed with the New York Mets organization as an 18-year-old in 1998. A light-hitting catcher, Garcia spent his entire playing career with the Mets. He retired after the 2006 season, but did briefly reach the Triple-A level.

In 2008, Garcia was hired to coach the Venezuelan Summer League Mets team. In 2010, he managed one of the Mets’ Dominican Summer League teams. Over the last five years, he’s been a coach for the Gulf Coast League Mets, Kingsport Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones teams, slowly working his way up the organizational ladder.

I got this baseball card from my friend Jeff, who likely got it signed while Garcia was a member of the Cyclones’ coaching staff last season.

Congratulations on your finds, but I think I’m glad I decided not to try to get out to Coney Island for the Cyclones’ garage sale… not at all sure I would have made it there from NJ in time to find anything much worthwhile.

Brooklyn Baseball Banter

The Brooklyn Cyclones first ever Garage Sale was deemed a success today, as the majority of the items were gone within minutes.

With some fans lining up as early as 6:00 am for the 9:00 am start, anyone who came after 9:15 missed out on many good items. With items prices at $1, $3, $5 & $10, the loyalists who came out to Coney Island were snatching up items as quickly as they could.

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Cyclones Garage Sale Wiped Out in an Hour